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Sawdust and Tinsel (1953)
"Gycklarnas afton" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  9 April 1956 (USA)
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Åke Grönberg ...
Albert Johansson
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Anne
Hasse Ekman ...
Frans
Anders Ek ...
Frost
Gudrun Brost ...
Alma
Annika Tretow ...
Agda
Erik Strandmark ...
Jens
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Mr. Sjuberg
Curt Löwgren ...
Blom
Kiki ...
The Dwarf
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While traveling in caravan through the country of Sweden, one member of the decadent Alberti Circus tells the owner and ringmaster Albert Johansson a sad story about the clown Frost: seven years ago, his wife Alma was surprised by him bathing naked in a lake with a regiment. When the circus arrives in the town where Albert's wife Agda and sons live, he decides to pay a visit with his young mistress Anne to a famous local troupe to borrow some capes, hats and vests for their tonight show. They are humiliated by the director Mr. Sjuberg, but he lends the pieces, and the lead actor Frans gives an unsuccessful pass on Anne. When Albert decides to visit Agda, the jealous Anne meets Frans, who seduces her with an apparently valuable necklace, and they have a love affair. Anne finds that the necklace is actually worthless and returns to the circus. Meanwhile, Agda refuses to accept Albert back and he sees Anne leaving the theater and going to the jewelry. During the exhibition, Albert and ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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DESPERATELY they fought the desires, the passions that dragged them down deeper and deeper into... "The Naked Night" See more »

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Originally marketed in the States as a sex film under the title "The Naked Night". See more »

Quotes

Anne: I can crack nuts with my teeth too.
Frans: Now I'm scared.
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There is not a wasted frame
19 March 2008 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

I first, and probably, last saw this wonderful film over 40 years ago. It has not been easy to catch again and then I think that when the time since you have last seen a favourite gets too long you begin to have concerns as to whether it will live up to your memory of it. There was particular concern here because, although in the 60s and 70s I would bore people by going on about this film whenever talk of Bergman's more well thought of films came up, this was never considered to be one of his best. Having just watched it again I am blown away all over again. I cannot believe how much of the fantastic visuals I remembered and the extent to which the power of the film is still so affecting. There is not a wasted frame, this is pure cinema throughout. The acting is stupendous, the cinematography outstanding and the bitter sweet tale so seemingly simple, yet so devastatingly all consuming. I know Bergman has made more poetic films and more profound ones but I still think this one is hard to beat for so eloquently presenting those basic issues that matter to everyone.


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